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One boat is clear astern of another when her hull and equipment in normal position are behind a line abeam from the aftermost point of the other boat’s hull and equipment in normal position. The other boat is clear ahead. They overlap when neither is clear astern. However, they also overlap when a boat between them overlaps both. These terms always apply to boats on the same tack. They do not apply to boats on opposite tacks unless rule 18 applies or both boats are sailing more than ninety degrees from the true wind.
Overlap illustrated
File:Overlap upwind.png
File:Overlap downwind.png
File:Overlap downwind opp.png
File:Overlap upwind opp.png
File:No overlap upwind opp.png

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